IPCC keen to avoid old ghosts

The roof of the waste-to-energy facility will be turned into a ski slope


(escort 16) — IPCC scientists and government officials meeting here in Copenhagen are likely to work late into the night to deal with some very heavy questions.

And it won’t just be queries about the “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts of climate change.

In those quiet corners they will huddle to answer philosophical challenges such as How long is ever? posed by the US in a response to one part of the Synthesis draft report.

One or two are likely to look over their shoulders this chilly Halloween, and keep an eye out for the spooky presence that no delegate dares to name.

Yes the ghost of Hopenhagen still sends shivers through the timbers of the most seasoned IPCC’er.

Back in 2009, greens and others went blue from the cold as they queued to get into the not-very Bella centre, site of the UN talks that were meant to deliver a new global deal.

Being frozen out was an apt metaphor for what was to come.

Copenhagen, or Hopenhagen as it was cloyingly dubbed, was a meeting that was meant to “save the planet”.

It ended in farce and failure.

Now, the IPCC is separate from the UN’s internal climate process – but the ghosts of 2009 still echo here.

The Danish government is very keen to show the world that things have really changed over the past 5 years.

They have been organising tours of some of the country’s greenest facilities, to emphasise once again, that they are still the “good guys”, despite the failings of 2009.

There’s no clang of cowbells just yet on a giant building site some four kilometres from the heart of Copenhagen.

However, in two years time skiers will be swishing their way around the rooftop of this new facility that’s starting to emerge on the water’s edge near the Danish capital.

The Amager Bakke project will see the construction of a massive waste to energy plant that will tower over most other buildings in the city.

As well as producing 60MW of electricity entirely from old rubbish, the facility has been designed to incorporate an artificial ski slope on the roof

Looking down on the emerging structure, managing director Ulla Rottger is buzzing with enthusiasm for the project, which is costing around 500 million euros

It will replace the current plant that dates from the 1970s.

The neighbours see that as a positive she says, pointing to apartments just 250 metres from the site.

There will be no noise and no smell from the garbage. We are just 4km from the mayor’s office but, yes, it’s possible to treat waste in an environmentally friendly way in the middle of the city

But not everyone is convinced of Denmark’s green sheen.

WWF International produced a report in recent weeks that measured the ecological footprint of countries

Denmark finished fourth on the list of shame, just behind environmental outliers such as Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates

If everyone on the planet lived like a Dane, the report said, then we’d need 4.5 Earth-like planets to sustain us

The problem is they grow a lot of crops here, often to feed the pig industry, and there is little in the way of untouched natural space. So their footprint per capita is high by these measures

Back at Amager Bakke, there are plans to install a chimney that will emit a symbolic, environmentally friendly smoke ring for every tonne of carbon dioxide that’s emitted

Is this just Danish greenwash?

Yes, says writer and journalist Michael Booth, who has covered the country extensively.

We have the highest energy costs in Europe, the majority of those costs are taxes imposed by the government he says.

So I get kind of annoyed by Danish politicians swanning around the world preaching about how green Denmark is. I think it is rank hypocrisy

Questions of taxes and hypocrisy are not for the IPCC – their job is to outline the parameters of the climate problem and how it might be tackled, globally

The process requires complete consensus. Over 190 governments have to agree and so do the scientists

Hence the late nights, and ghostly huddles

The problem is that because of that consensus, everyone goes home believing the report supports their own interpretation of how to tackle climate change

If we are backed up by the science, they think, why should we compromise

That’s partly why Copenhagen 2009 came a cropper

It is no wonder that some accuse the poor old IPCC of finding refuge in discombobulation

How long is ever? How soon is now

India serial killer to be executed

Koli was found guilty of kidnapping, murder and attempted rape in multiple cases


An Indian man sentenced to death for murdering a girl in a case dubbed “the house of horrors” will be executed next week, officials say.

In 2009, Surinder Koli and his businessman employer Moninder Singh Pandher were convicted of murdering 14-year-old Rimpa Haldar. Pandher was later freed by a higher court.

They were held in 2007 after body parts were found near their home near Delhi.

The crime shocked the country, with many accusing the police of negligence

Police say at least 19 young women and children were raped, killed and dismembered in a house where Koli worked as a servant for the owner in the suburb of Noida near Delhi.

The children, remains of whom were found hidden in bags, were allegedly lured to their deaths by Koli, who offered them sweets and chocolate. He confessed in court to cannibalism and necrophilia.

Koli has been found guilty of kidnapping, murder and attempted rape in at least five cases involving children.

Local residents said that police failed to act because many of those reported missing came from poor families.

A court said the crime called for the death sentence as it was the rarest of rare cases.

The hanging [of Surinder Koli] will be carried out on 12 September all the rules and procedures will be followed, SHM Rizvi, chief of the main prison in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh state, was quoted as telling reporters by the Press Trust of India news agency

Executions are rarely carried out, but in the last two years there have been two hangings in India.

Mohammed Ajmal Qasab, the sole surviving attacker from the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was executed in November 2012 in a prison in the western city of Pune.

And in February 2013, a Kashmiri man, Afzal Guru, was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar jail for the 2001 attack on India’s parliament.

Cheney: Any attempt to impeach Obama would be distraction

(bursa escort) — Although a fierce critic of Obama former V . P . Dick Cheney doesn’t support calls from some around the far right of his party to impeach him saying it might simply produce a distraction

I am not prepared at this time to for that impeachment from the Leader Cheney stated within an interview with CNNs Charge with Mike Tapper

Cheney thinks Obama’s the worst leader of my lifetime which Jimmy Carter may have been a much better Leader but impeaching him won’t accomplish much

Both Obama and Carter are Dems while Cheney is really a conservative Republican who offered two terms under George W Rose bush

Requires the Republican-brought House to impeach Obama are originating from Sarah Palin along with other harsh conservative experts in the height of midterm campaigning His administrations handling from the immigration crisis around the southern border has increased the little chorus

However this type of step is recognized as far-fetched especially after House Speaker John Boehner expressed disagreement using the premise within this situation

Obama has clashed frequently and dramatically with Republicans throughout his presidency

Cheney however did offer limited support for House Republican efforts to file a lawsuit Obama over their claims he’s mistreated his authority on numerous occasions by unlawfully making the rounds Congress to handle policy

Theyre focusing their unusual law suit on a bit of Obamacare a significant political flashpoint between your GOP and also the Leader and the supporters

Im glad to determine the home Republicans are challenging him a minimum of legally at this time However I believe that reaches be a little of the distraction similar to the impeachment of Bill Clinton did Cheney stated

Clinton was impeached within the Monica Lewinsky affair although not charged through the Senate

Defiant Cheney accepts no blame for Iraq

Cheney also stated the Rose bush administration left Iraq in reasonably very good condition after many years of war and blamed Obama because of not obtaining a security agreement from Iraqi leader Nouri al-Maliki to help keep some US troops after that combat procedures ended to assist ensure stability

Resurgent Sunni extremists have taken through areas of northern and central Iraq in recent days subjecting serious weak points in Iraqi security and governance

Obama has sent military advisors to evaluate the problem but promises no new ground troops

The debacle has opened up another front for Republicans in demeaning the administrations foreign policy

Obamas failure to maintain a stay-behind pressure is exactly what produced the havoc we have seen in Iraq today Cheney stated

Whenever we left Iraq would be a relatively stable place We defeated al Qaeda we’d a coalition government in position he added

Requested whether a few of the choices produced by him and Rose bush have the effect of the upheaval in Iraq now Cheney deflected blame

I believe its mainly Maliki and Obama Thats things i believe and thats exactly what the history books can have Cheney stated

Opinion: Cheneys amazing chutzpah on Iraq